“IGE’s singular approach linking religion to security has helped in furthering religious freedom initiatives in some of the world’s most challenging regions.”

Anthony Charles Zinni
Anthony Charles Zinni
Former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command

“A visionary organization, IGE is at the leading edge of research and advocacy on religious freedom.”

Daniel Philpott
Daniel Philpott
University of Notre Dame

“IGE’s thoughtful approach seeks to build relationships based on respect, the foundational understanding of the God-given dignity and value of every human being. This organization puts listening first, and seeks to understand before engaging. Far from ignoring the vital role of faith in many people’s lives, IGE seeks to build on common values that can unite people of different faiths while respecting each other’s genuine theological differences. IGE is truly building peace a person at a time.”

Karen Hughes
Karen Hughes
Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, US State Department

“IGE’s relational diplomacy names and respects theological differences while seizing upon common values and interests that build practical bridges between the heart and mind. The result is a remarkably innovative approach to religious freedom that builds peace in new and much needed ways while deepening our understanding of the complex issues at stake.”

Marc Gopin
Marc Gopin
James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University

“The Institute for Global Engagement uniquely combines nimble innovation in education with a commitment to placing dignity and faith at the center of public discussion of the world’s well-being.”

Mark P. Lagon
Mark P. Lagon
Former U.S. Ambassador

“IGE is one of the most effective organizations in the world for opening and maintaining critical dialogue on some of the most sensitive political and human rights issues in potentially volatile regions. I have personally participated in IGE’s efforts to facilitate dialogue and advance religious freedom. IGE’s programs have had a greater effect than any U.S. Government effort I have seen. IGE has earned an international reputation as a platform to bring parties together to address issues ranging from democracy promotion, human rights, and religious freedom. Moreover, as a Christian, I believe IGE’s approach models the humility, love, and boldness of true Christian faith and Biblical principles. IGE has become a quiet resource to help government leaders in various nations find a way to begin talking when formal politics may prevent such efforts. IGE is the one organization I know that is an Ambassador of Reconciliation, and is often more effective than almost all government and diplomatic efforts I have seen in my 40 years of military, government, and community service.”

Geoff Davis
Geoff Davis
Member, House of Representatives (ret.) and IGE Sino-U.S. Counterterrorism Dialogue participant

“What is happening now in Syria is beyond all of our imaginations and it is breaking my heart…if women are not educated and empowered they will not have the ability to play a role in rebuilding security and peace. I believe the CWFL Fellowship offers me the opportunity to increase my capacity and leadership skills. Through this Fellowship, I am becoming a difference-maker, both in analyzing problems and implementing practical solutions. I am at an important crossroad in my life, my prayer is that I will have the opportunity to learn and grow during this time of challenge and uncertainty, and I believe that IGE’s Center for Women, Faith & Leadership Fellowship Program will be a part of answering that prayer.”

Ghada Ghazal, CWFL 2017-2018 Fellow
Ghada Ghazal, CWFL 2017-2018 Fellow
An educator from Syria who has lived abroad since 2012 due to the ongoing civil war. In Syria, she taught Islam & Arabic at the Al-Anduluse Institute for Islamic Studies, the only institute of its kind that works to empower Muslim women.

“Our thanks and appreciation to the Institute for Global Engagement and the Assyrian Aid Society for the rehabilitation of our house. In fact, we thank them for planting hope and giving us life back in Nineveh Plain.”

Nawal Habeeb Makho
Nawal Habeeb Makho
Deserving family who returned to the Nineveh Plain post ISIS and received a rehabilited home through the work of IGE and one of our partner organizations, the Assyrian Aid Society.

“Religious freedom has been regarded as more sensitive even than military issues, but IGE’s work over the past 15 years in this area is successful because of our mutual trust and respect.”

Nguyen Tam Chien
Nguyen Tam Chien
Former Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S.

“Your bread and butter programs are making real impact on the ground, so please keep doing them!”

U.S. Embassy in Hanoi
U.S. Embassy in Hanoi
During a meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam and his political officer, IGE asked how we could support the U.S. government’s efforts at improving religious freedom in Vietnam; they responded with the above quote.

“Our country stands ready for a broad international cooperation in this sphere of religious freedom…Together we stand at a new era of strategic partnership.”

Abdulaziz Khafizovich Kamilov
Abdulaziz Khafizovich Kamilov
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uzbekistan

“Evangelicals ought to support the work of… the Institute for Global Engagement and other Christians doing faith-based, relational diplomacy in Muslim countries. Such peacemaking is exemplary.”

Christianity Today
Christianity Today
April 2007

“IGE is providing vital leadership and a uniquely thoughtful platform for taking on some of the toughest battles for religious freedom in the world. IGE brings careful scholarship and practical expertise to the front lines of this fundamental struggle and is worthy of our vigorous encouragement and support.”

Gary Haugen
Gary Haugen
President, International Justice Mission

“IGE’s innovative and comprehensive approach to religious freedom builds bridges between diplomacy, development, and defense. IGE’s ability to operate at the nexus of the public and private spheres—in a relational and relevant manner—is a model for all of us.”

J. Brady Anderson
J. Brady Anderson
Former USAID Administrator and former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania

“I applaud the important policy work and academic initiatives that IGE is undertaking to further greater respect and reconciliation among Christian and Muslims. Their significant efforts will undoubtedly expand the boundaries of religious freedom in the world.”

John Esposito
John Esposito
Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

“I respect IGE tremendously for its quiet, nuanced approach that is yielding real results in some of the most difficult regions in the world.”

Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright
Former U.S. Secretary of State